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All Traditional Members should all have received the print editions of Journals 57-1 and 57-2 in their mail boxes by now. Although feedback suggests that transit times from our mailing house varied wildly coast to coast as Canada Post continues to cite pandemic-induced problems on their website, we believe all deliveries have been completed.
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Journals 57-3 and 57-4 are currently in layout. The digital editions will be posted to the website individually on completion of the editorial process, while the print editions will follow as soon as possible (taking into consideration mailing house queues and potential Canada Post delays).
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Terry Higgins, Creative Director, Website Administrator,
CAHS Journal Managing Editor and Graphics Director,
We still have a few copies of this interesting title remaining in stock. If you are a member of the Catalina Society, check out editor David Legg's review in your May newsletter. It has proven a welcome addition to the libraries of those interested in Arctic aviation or early Cold War RAF operations? Or you can see our own review here…
Still just $27 (GST included) plus $5.00 shipping anywhere in Canada.
The publisher's retail price is $34 (CAD conversion) plus shipping from the USA.
On 11 July 2021, No. 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds, celebrated their 50th Anniversary. The iconic team has been entertaining audiences across North America since 1971. Follow the link below to read about Canada’s remarkable aerial team from former commanding officer and team leader, Dan Dempsey.
The Northern Lights Aero Foundation announced the names of their 2020 recipients of the Elsie MacGill Award in the fall of 2020, with a Gala planned for 2021. The award spans seven categories that include business, education, engineering, flight operations, government, trailblazer and rising star.
Secrets of Radar Museum is excited to announce their re-opening on 19 July. For their most recent and any follow-on updates, please click here, and to visit the museum website, please click here.
Canadian Aviation Moments
Question One: How did the training of skilled and semi-skilled workers during the RAF/RFC training plan in Canada benefit Canada post-First World War?
Dancing in The Sky, (Hunt) Pages 289-290.
Question Two: What was unique about an exploratory flight of the North West Territories by two RCAF pilots in the late summer of 1930?
Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Boat Stations, (Weicht) Pages 217-218.
Question Three: What approach option during the Second World War did the RAF need that would permit the returning aircrew to penetrate the last few hundred feet of fog and low cloud that totally obscured the ground?
No Prouder Place, Pages 185.
The Answers Will Appear in the August Newsletter
Here are the answers to July's Canadian Aviation Moments:
QUESTION 1: What was the amount spent by the British Government during the time that the RFC/RAF training plan operated in Canada?
ANSWER: “During the period when the RFC/RAF training plan operated in Canada, the British government spent $39,990,000 – a vast amount of money for that time. Put in a comparative context, the total expenditures of the province of Ontario for the years 1917 and 1918 were a little over $30 million, roughly one third less than what the RFC/RAF spent in Canada during the same period.”
FromDancing In The Sky – Page 289
QUESTION 2: Why did Western Air Command in late 1944 and into 1945 station 4 aircraft on Vancouver Island with orders to remain in a state of constant readiness?
ANSWER: “Notified that Japan was launching armed balloons against the west coast, Western Air Command stationed four aircraft on Vancouver Island with orders to remain in a state of constant readiness: two aircraft at RCAF Pat Bay and two aircraft mid-island at RCAF Tofino. On February 21, 1945, 133 (F) Squadron at Pat Bay, under the command of S/L J.E Sheppard, DFC, received a report of an object floating into the central Fraser Valley on the British Columbia mainland. P/O E.E. Maxwell was scrambled in an RCAF Kittyhawk IV and took off to investigate the report. He intercepted a Japanese fire balloon over Sumas Prairie and shot it down in a ball of flames.”
From Jericho Beach and the West Coast Flying Stations – Page 182
QUESTION 3: What new approach aids were introduced late in the Second World War?
ANSWER: “The SCS 51 system, initially developed in the USA, was one of the new approach aids being introduced to service late in the war. Introduced to Britain early in 1944, it provided azimuth direction, the localizer, and glide path information to the user through a system of tone modulation discriminations. This was a great advance over the earlier beam approaches, as it provided a continuous indication of deviations from course. The civilian version of this equipment became famous as the Instrument Landing System (ILS). Also developed late in the war was the Ground Controlled Approach (GCA), which consisted of an extremely high precision microwave radar, which provided the position of a “target” aircraft in azimuth, range and elevation. By this means the position of a landing aircraft relative to a predetermined approach path was displayed on a ground scope, whereby a skilled operator could provide directions to “talk the aircraft down”. This equipment, however, was still in a developmental stage during the war years. Similarly, the use of short-range microwave Airfield Control Radar (ACR) for directing the flow of aircraft in the vicinity of airports was pioneered at several Bomber Command stations during the war years, and much valuable experience was gained for future applications.”
From No Prouder Place – Page 185
A Virtual Chapter Virtual Event!
First Annual Virtual Art Show
– Announced by the CAAA Chapter of the CAHS –
The CAAA will present a virtual art show on the theme Help From Above - Humanitarian Aviation, in August. Submissions have been accepted from members of the Canadian Aerospace Artists Association and of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. For more information, please click here.
CAHS and CAAA Member Don Connolly's "Mission Accomplished" shown below, is yet another fine example of artwork within this theme.
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